Minnesota Beer

Today in 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state.


Minnesota Breweries

Minnesota Brewery Guides

Guild: Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild

State Agency: Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gaming Enforcement


  • Capital: Saint Paul
  • Largest Cities: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Bloomington
  • Population: 4,919,479; 21st
  • Area: 86943 sq.mi., 12th
  • Nickname: North Star State / Land of 10,000 Lakes
  • Statehood: 32nd, May 11, 1858


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 41
  • Rank: 13th
  • Beer Production: 3,567,334
  • Production Rank: 23rd
  • Beer Per Capita: 21.2 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 35.1%
  • Cans: 49.1%
  • Kegs: 14.9%

Beer Taxes: 3.2 Beer

  • Per Gallon: $0.08
  • Per Case: $0.17
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $2.40
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $2.40

Beer Taxes: Over 3.2 Beer

  • Per Gallon: $0.15
  • Per Case: $0.33
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $4.60
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $4.60

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $113,322,308
  • Direct Impact: $1,130,070,508
  • Supplier Impact: $639,572,828
  • Induced Economic Impact: $1,008,229,846
  • Total Impact: $2,777,873,181

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No (but see Notes)
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 8 a.m.–2 a.m. 7 Days
    Off Premises: 8 a.m.–10p.m. (Mon–Sat)
  • Grocery Store Sales: 3.2 Only
  • Notes: Local and/or County ordinance prevails for hours of operation for off-sale licenses. No alcohol off-sale on Sunday. Growler sales allowed until 10 p.m. Monday–Saturday. Certain municipalities may establish municipal liquor stores; they are permitted, but not required, to exclude privately owned stores.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. Andrew says

    Hey Jay…

    Your US map pic is a little off. As much as I wished I lived in New Mexico during the cold winters up here in MN, I wouldn’t be able to get any Surly if that was the case.


  2. says

    A couple of updates for you. Green Mill hasn’t been brewing for a few years & McCoy’s doesn’t brew here, nor do they have their brews on tap in MN. :)

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